Gerrhopilus hades (KRAUS, 2005)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Gerrhopilus hades?
|Higher Taxa||Gerrhopilidae, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Typhlops hades KRAUS 2005|
Gerrhopilus hades — VIDAL et al. 2010
Gerrhopilus hades — WALLACH et al. 2014: 308
|Distribution||Papua New Guinea (Milne Bay Province: NE end of Rossel Island in the Louisiade Archipelago).|
Type locality: forest along Rupu River at Bibikea, 11.33537°S, 154.22470°E, 280 m elevation, Rossel Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea Map legend:
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
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|Types||Holotype: BPBM 20819 (field tag FK 10449), adult male, collected by F. Kraus on 14 May 2004.|
|Comment||Typhlops hades is a member of the Typhlops ater species group and is|
characterized by having 18 scale rows, 343 middorsal scales, T-V supralabial-imbrication pattern, a distinct pupil, single subocular scale, and by lacking a presubocular scale. Its closest living relative is probably Typhlops inornatus, known from forested habitats on the nearby mainland of New Guinea. T. hades is known from only two specimens from northeastern Rossel Island, and it remains uncertain whether it occurs on adjacent islands of the Louisiade Archipelago.
|Etymology||Named after the Greek god of the underworld, Hades.|
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